Many of these dime novels have been featured in the "American
Treasures" exhibition at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tri015.html.
The Library has accumulated a collection of nearly 40,000 titles,
including "Female Trapper, or Lone Star Lizzie," a dime
novel about another empowered woman. "American
Treasures" is a permanent exhibition in the Library's Jefferson
Building whose objects are periodically changed to make way for
other items. However, all the items exhibited in "American
Treasures" can be viewed online at any time.
Dime novels often romanticized the frontier for readers young and
old. Russia was the setting for some of these works, such as "The
Boy Exiles of Siberia or, the Watch-Dog of Russia," and "Nadia,
the Russian Spy or, the Brothers of the Starry Cross."
from the Dime Novel Collection" contains the covers of
11 titles that illustrate some popular perceptions of the American
West in the second half of the 19th century and, in a few cases,
popular American images of Russia and its frontier. These images
are available in the Global Gateway Web site, which features a section
called "Meeting of Frontiers." This section documents,
in both English and Russian, the story of the American exploration
and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement
of Siberia and the Russian Far East and the meeting of the Russian-American
frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
of Frontiers" is intended for use in U.S. and Russian schools
and libraries and by the general public in both countries. Scholars,
particularly those who do not have ready access to major research
libraries, also will benefit from the mass of primary material included,
much of which has never been published or is extremely rare.
A. "King of the Wild West's Cattle
War or Stella's Bout with the Rival Ranchers," 1907. Smith
Publishing. Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Reproduction
information: Contact Rare Book and Special Collections Division
to determine availability. Send e-mail to: [email protected]